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Dr. Netina Tan and Dr. Karen Bird

Advancing research on meaningful inclusion of ethnic minorities and indigenous groups

Political Science professors Karen Bird and Netina Tan have been awarded a SSHRC grant to organize a two day conference on "Diverse & Meaningful Inclusion: Advancing Substantive Representation of Ethnic and Indigenous Groups Worldwide”, Dec. 6 - 7, -2018!

Feb 14, 2018

SSHRC has awarded Political Scientists Karen Bird and Netina Tan a Connection Grant to bring together scholars from Canada and around the world to McMaster University for a 2-day conference this December. Together, leading academics, graduate students and practitioners will examine the multitude of formal and informal representational arrangements for Indigenous and ethnic minorities in parliaments and governments across some 30 countries and regions.

The focus will be on Canadian and global variation in these mechanisms, and their effectiveness and substantive impact on targeted communities and for democratic governance as a whole. Additionally, the conference will include a day of open training workshops on the leading, innovative methodologies (including textual analysis, experimental design and mini-publics) that are used in the field. For more information on the Diverse & Meaningful Inclusion Conference, contact: or

More conference details to follow soon! Stay tuned!